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Climate
  • Hungary has a continental climate
  • winters are usually cold, cloudy and humid (average temperature between 0 and −15 °C / 32 and 5 °F), summers are warm (average temperature between 27 and 32 °C / 81 and 90 °F)
  • the average annual temperature is 9.7 °C / 49.5 °F
  • the average yearly rainfall is approximately 600 mm / 24 in



Currency and payment methods
  • the currency of Hungary is the Hungarian Forint (HUF)
  • 1 USD = approximately 270 HUF
  • 1 EUR = approximately 310 HUF
  • credit cards are accepted in an increasing number of places (American Express, MasterCard, EuroCard, Visa, etc.)
  • it is a good idea to bring cash if possible, since the banks ask for a 5% commission to change travelers’ cheques
  • unless Western Union Transfer is used, bank transfers can take 2-4 weeks to arrive
  • it is difficult to use personal cheques – the banks need at least 1 month (usually 6 weeks) to process one


Useful phone numbers
  • Call code of Hungary +36
  • Call code of Debrecen +52
  • Office of Immigration 52 503-840
  • Emergency
    • Police: 107
    • Ambulance: 104
    • Fire-department: 105
    • Other emergency: 112
  • Directory Enquiries
    • telephone numbers within the country: 198
    • telephone numbers abroad: 199
    • other: 197


Telephone
  • pay phones operate with 100, 50, 20, and 10 forint coins, however, you might be better off with a phone card (which are sold at post offices and newsstands)
  • the area code for Debrecen is 52
  • to make international calls from Hungary, dial 00 wait for the dial tone then go on with the country code, area code and number
  • 06-80 are known as green numbers and can be called free of charge
  • phone numbers beginning with 06-20, 06-30, 06-60, or 06-70 are cell phone numbers
  • there are three phone companies in Hungary, offering cell phone service:

Holidays

There are some holidays in Hungary when all the schools, shops and offices are closed.
  • 1st January – New Year’s Day
  • 15th March – National Holiday
  • Good Friday – the Friday preceding Easter Sunday
  • Easter Monday
  • 1st May
  • Whitsun/Pentecost – seven weeks after Easter Sunday
  • 20th August – National Holiday
  • 23rd October – National Holiday
  • 1st November – All Saints' Day
  • 25th-26th December – Christmas